At $300 per litre, argan oil is the world's most expensive edible oil.
The oil, which has been a mainstay for the Berber people of southwestern Morocco for centuries, was propelled out of obscurity in the 1990s by findings about its culinary, cosmetic, and even medicinal virtues. Argan oil contains essential fatty acids, Omega 6, linoleic acid, and Vitamin E. This make the oil extracted from this endemic Moroccan tree very effective in treating an assortment of skin ailments such as acne, pimples, wrinkles, and eczema.
Despite it's value, the process of extracting the oil, whose trees are endemic to Morocco, is one of the simplest and least mechanised.
Here we document the incredibly tasking process behind the production of this liquid gold...
(Photographs by Trisala Bid)